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Sick final year students must remain home when school reopens

The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education (MoE) following President Akufo-Addo’s announcement for schools to reopen has advised final year students who are sick or under medication to stay home until they are fully recovered. 

Vincent Assafuah said it’s the responsibility of parents to take care of their wards, adding that should they suspect a case of fever, malaria, or any kind of sickness, it will be of their own interest not to send your child to school because you may not know what the cause may be.

He noted that it is necessary for parents to understand that “we are not in normal times” so they must make sure their wards feel safe before they can report to school.

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The Ministry spokesperson said since the students would be at home they can not take care of the health situations of the kids instead It is the sole responsibility of the parents.

“However, if they are in school, then teachers, who serve as temporal parents, will now have to report the issue to any of the health directorates available,” he added.

Mr Vincent further stated that students who are sick or unwell can continue to use online and other digital platforms to learn as they prepare for their 2020 Ghana exams.

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According to the PRO, the online classes are still ongoing and so such students can use what was made available for them before the reopening of schools.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has petitioned the government to authorize final year students reporting to school on June 15 to use of phones in order to stay in touch with parents should the need be.

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